Scores

Final

Cent Conn St 22

(4-2, 1-2 away)

Albany 24

(3-3, 1-0 home)

1:07 PM ET, October 11, 2008

University Field (NY), Albany, NY

1 2 3 4 T
CCSU 6 3 0 1322
ALBY 7 10 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: V. Esposito (ALBY) - 254 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Mallory (CCSU) - 26 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. McCarty (ALBY) - 3 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD

Albany, N.Y. 24, Cent. Connecticut St. 22

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Vinny Esposito threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns and ran in another as Albany held on to beat Central Connecticut 24-22 in Northeast Conference play on Saturday.

David McCarty rushed for 101 yards and caught for another 96, including a 72-yard touchdown jaunt up the left sideline off a dump pass that proved to be the difference in the game, for the Great Danes.

Hunter Wanket passed for 198 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Devils (4-2, 1-1), who fell just short of a fourth-quarter comeback. Joe Izzo added three field goals in the loss, while James Mallory ran for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Down 24-9 at the start of the fourth quarter, Central Connecticut scored twice to make it 24-22 with 55 seconds remaining. Wanket found Tyler Rossnagle for a 14-yard touchdown pass to give the Blue Devils a chance to knot the score at 24-all.

But the Blue Devils' try at a potential game-tying two-point conversion pass was broken up, and a subsequent onside kick attempt was unsuccessful, as was a frantic series of laterals as time expired.

Albany (3-3, 2-0) was leading 10-9 in the closing seconds of the second quarter when Tom Pandolf forced and recovered a fumble to give the Great Danes one more chance to score in the first half.

Esposito and the Great Danes then marched 43 yards in 26 seconds, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Poore, who reached the end zone with three seconds remaining.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
CCSU
ALBY
1st Downs2221
Total Yards369393
Passing209254
Rushing160139
Penalties3-126-56
3rd Down Conversions5-155-12
4th Down Conversions2-32-2
Turnovers13
Possession33:2026:40

Passing Leaders

Central Connecticut StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wanket16/241988.310
AlbanyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Esposito17/262549.822

Rushing Leaders

Central Connecticut StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mallory261094.2133
Richardson5204.0013
AlbanyCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty281013.6017
Gannon22814.0022

Receiving Leaders

Central Connecticut StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Colagiovanni57114.2020
Paul44912.3015
AlbanyRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCarty39632.0172
Bush66310.5017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCCSUALBY
FG10:29Joe Izzo 24 Yd 30
TD06:44Vinny Esposito 1 Yd Run (Chris Lynch Kick) 37
FG00:20Joe Izzo 36 Yd 67
SECOND QUARTERCCSUALBY
FG09:32Chris Lynch 19 Yd 610
FG03:45Joe Izzo 26 Yd 910
TD00:03Jason Poore 11 Yd Pass From Vinny Esposito (Chris Lynch Kick) 917
THIRD QUARTERCCSUALBY
TD02:06David Mccarty 72 Yd Pass From Vinny Esposito (Chris Lynch Kick) 924
FOURTH QUARTERCCSUALBY
TD10:52James Mallory 6 Yd Run (Joe Izzo Kick) 1624
TD00:55Tyler Rossnagle 14 Yd Pass From Hunter Wanket (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2224